This is what happened when you let your toddler go to be with a purple marker. And lest you think I am totally crazy – I honestly didn’t think he could get the cap off by himself. Purple is his favorite color. I honestly didn’t think that one year olds had favorite colors but Simon does. If you give him multiple colors of markers he always chooses purple and he will color with it more than any of the others. It’s also the only color that he can say – well sort of he says “purp” (he can sign “red”) but those are the only 2 colors that he will mention.
Note the bed and wall in the lower right hand quarter of the photo.
This is his sweet innocent “who me?” face.
This is what the wall and crib look like. The sheets were pretty bad too.
This is what happens when you take markers away from. I think we have entered the “terrible twos” and he isn’t even 18 months old yet. This kid loves markers or “colors” as he calls them. This obsession started with ink pens or “p” as he calls them. Our futon has already sustained some pen damage from a pen he found who knows where and so I needed to find something that would be ok for him to color with. Why would I give my 1-year-old markers? I looked for crayons but couldn’t find any suitable. Now I know a lot of my good friends think I am a little nuts with all the BPA free, phthalate free, PCV free stuff but I found out something really unfortunate about crayons that makes me never want to give them to my toddler who still puts everything in his mouth. If you want to remain in blissful ignorance stop reading here.
Crayons are made with tallow – which is made from rendered animal carcases. These animal carcases that are used to make tallow come for all sorts of places including road kill and animal shelters. So if you have you dog or cat euthanized and you don’t have them cremated and you don’t take the body home then your dog or cat ends up as tallow. And that tallow is used in everything including pet food, fabric softener, lip gloss, soap, crayons, etc. (if it says tallow or tallowate in the ingredient list you can count on it) Now we are not vegan or even vegetarian but the thought of washing my clothes with someones pet or washing my face with “Fluffy” is absolutely revolting to me. So now I cringe whenever I see a toddler putting crayons in his or her mouth especially considering that the animal carcases contain euthanasia drugs. I know all of this sounds a lot like Sinclair’s “The Jungle” but I am not making this up. If you don’t believe me do a little research and listen to episode 51 of This American life. I am on the look out for vegan crayons (if you have a source please let me know) but for the time being Simon is coloring with markers and I try to keep him from writing on his skin or putting them in his mouth (because who knows what that pigment is made from). For now we have a new rule – “colors” are only allowed at the table.Portfolio | Contact Me | Book a Session
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